BBOWT voluntering day

On Tuesday 26th November volunteers from Oxford Business Park took part in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxford Wildlife Trust's scrub clearance day at Sydlings Copse Nature Reserve.

The team tackled some scrub clearance on an area of rare lowland heathland. This involved cutting and removing brambles, gorse and bracken which was then piled up and transported to a bonfire (followed later by some marshmallow roasting!) in order to expose the young heather which lies close to the ground and encourage its growth.
 
This help was essential as, on an international scale, open heathland is rarer than rainforest. And, despite the fact that the UK is home to one fifth of the total area of this habitat worldwide, we have lost 84% of British lowland heathland in the last two centuries. This obviously has huge implications for the plant and animal species who rely on this kind of habitat. Clearing the area will have a direct, positive effect in protecting and encouraging some of our rarest species. The volunteer's hard work will help protect the local wildlife on this reserve, thank you to all of those who took part.

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